Tell the President to Pardon C.I.A. Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 -- for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado.

This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence -- emails and telephone conversations -- to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction.

Jeffrey utilized proper channels and informed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of his concern for the safety of the American people -- as such, Jeffrey is a whistleblower.

Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters Without Borders, RootsAction and ExposeFacts in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately issue a pardon for my husband.

President Obama publicly committed to a transparent government, yet it has been shrouded in mistruth and secrecy. Jeffrey’s conviction is only the latest chapter in the administration’s war on whistleblowers and sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of information. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined.

An innocent man who dedicated his life to serving the United States has been wrongfully jailed under President Obama’s watch. This is his opportunity to show Jeffrey, our country, and the world what it means to be a true leader by acknowledging and making amends for a grave injustice that has been done. This can only be accomplished by granting Jeffrey Alexander Sterling an immediate pardon.

Jeffrey and I will not give up hope that many will soon realize the wrong that has been done and will help to make sure that Jeffrey will be vindicated. I will not cease discussing this tragedy in hopes that it will garner enough support for his release. Please sign my petition and share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #pardonforjeffrey as a way to help. Thank you.

— Holly Sterling

Petition to
President Barack Obama
We request the immediate pardon of Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower.

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    Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
    58400 1 year ago Anonymous Lehigh Acres, FL , US Avoid hatred; it's a trap.
    58399 3.3 years ago J. Huston Oakland, CA , US
    58398 3.4 years ago Anonymous Oakland, CA , US Please tell Mr. Jeffrey Sterling we saw him speak last night in Berkeley. Mr. Ellsberg said Jeffrey was naive, but I can see Mr. Sterling was creating his American dream and breaking through. That M...
    58397 3.4 years ago William Hickey Carbondale, IL , US Jeffrey is an incredibly strong man. I just heard his story and even though he’s out of prison, I want to reaffirm my solidarity with his decisions
    58396 3.5 years ago Tekla Taylor-Lagway ColumbusOH, OH , US
    58395 3.5 years ago Bhavana Lymworth Vancouver, BC , CA
    58394 3.5 years ago Anonymous Tamps, FL , US
    58393 3.5 years ago Jordan Cotter Weatherford, OK , US
    58392 3.5 years ago Mike Parsons Aguilar, CO , US
    58391 3.9 years ago James Quinn New Fairfield, CT , US
    58390 4.3 years ago diane mattson starkville, MS , US
    58389 4.6 years ago donye sacco Los Angeles, CA , US
    58388 4.7 years ago Tom Davies Cambridge , GB
    58387 5.1 years ago Benjamin Sullivan Currently Washington DC, DC , US Mueller's indictments are not "Russia-Gate".

    This is Russia-Gate; Murder-Gate:

    John Brennan is Murdering, Torturous Thief (amongst this entire “intelligence” community)....
    58386 5.2 years ago Matthew Craig Toronto, ON , CA The fact that a man like this is in jail only confirms that we live in a very corrupt world
    58385 5.9 years ago Tamar Dick Bethlehem, PA , US
    58384 5.9 years ago Anonymous Spring Hill, FL , US only tells the world how barbaric, savage and primitive we still are in America.
    58383 6 years ago erin yarrobino ozone park, NY , US
    58382 6 years ago kaylouise cook Seattle, WA , US
    58381 6 years ago Kae Toguchi Mililani, HI , US
    58380 6.1 years ago Cindy Jefferys Thorndale, TX , US
    58379 6.1 years ago Stacia Crick NC , US
    58378 6.1 years ago Nadia Sindi Eugene, OR , US My life with Liberal Klans in Oregon!!

    Arab/Muslim Americans are treated less than animals! We are called Sand N…

    We are being prosecuted in a daily basis! High tech lynching, in...
    58377 6.1 years ago Johnny Jones Jr Minneapolis, MN , US
    58376 6.1 years ago Ronald Ecke Erie, PA , US
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    >>  AFP: "Pardon Sought for Ex-CIA Officer in Leak Case"
    >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "Sterling Verdict Another Measure of Declining Government Credibility on Secrets"
    >>  Norman Solomon, The Nation: "CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Prison: The Latest Blow in the Government's War on Journalism"
    >>  Reporters Without Borders: "Jeffrey Sterling Latest Victim of the U.S.' War on Whistleblowers"
    >>  ExposeFacts: Special Coverage of the Jeffrey Sterling Trial
    >>  BBC News: "Jeffrey Sterling's Trial by Metadata"
    >>  Documentary film: "The Invisible Man: NSA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling"

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